Residents from around the region share their notes on what makes living in the Berkshires great for them. From outdoor recreation to cultural amenities, what makes this a great place to visit often makes it a perfect place to call home…find out why from the diverse perspectives of our guest bloggers.

Arsema Abegaz – Spotlight

Arsema Abegaz, Chair of BYP’s Professional Development committee, is a Data Scientist at the wellness and fitness e-commerce company, Zogics, in Lee, MA. Hailing from Ethiopia originally, and raised in Botswana, Arsema discovered the Berkshires while doing her undergraduate studies at Williams College as an international student. After graduating in 2014 with a degree in

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BYP Scavenger Hunt at Third Thursday

At the height of the summer, 1Berkshire BYPers and friends gathered at the Berkshire Museum to take part in BYP's scavenger hunt. Teams hit the streets to find clues sprinkled throughout Pittsfield’s Third Thursday street festival in July. Solving some of the hunt's more unique clues took quick wits and a propensity to try new things as

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Devin Shea – Spotlight

Devin Shea, the Vice Chair of BYP,  is the Chief Creative Officer for #R3SET, a start-up media company that crowdsources stories of people  solving community challenges through bold and innovative ideas. After graduating from Taconic he went to BCC for engineering and then Umass Amherst where he studied storytelling through film, theater, and animation. Following

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BYP Social at Boundless

1Berkshire BYPers were treated to a special and beneficial Social in April by the serial entrepreneur, wellness expert (new 1Berkshire BYP member), and founder of Boundless, Karden Rabin. Located above the Shakermill Tavern in West Stockbridge, Boundless provides one on one wellness services. Karden offered to not only host our Social, but hosted a wellness

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All-Season Hiking

By Jonah Sykes There are a ton of reasons why I feel excited whenever anyone asks me why I choose to live and work in the beautiful Berkshires. Here is my laundry list, one that I think most people who choose to participate in the excitement and enthusiasm of this community would probably agree with:

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Jonah Sykes – Spotlight

Our BYP Chair was born in Becket, MA. He lived in a variety of Berkshire locales growing up before his family settled in Pittsfield. There, he and his large Irish family lived with and took care of his grandmother who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. He attended Taconic High before going to MCLA and eventually completed his

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BYP Don’t Feed the Animals

On Friday, February 5th, over 250 people attended the BYP annual party Don't Feed the Animals at the Berkshire Museum. The night featured karaoke tunes, an epic dance party, drinks and delicious food, photo booth fun, and indoor lawn games - all throughout the museum! A big thanks to the Berkshire Museum and their staff

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